Welcome to the August edition of The Velocity Report. This month our bloggers take on some of the supply chain's hottest topics, including reverse logistics, emerging markets, and the evergreen challenge of inventory management.
Drawing the most reader comments in this month's lineup was Marc Herman's take on the untapped potential in reverse logistics. Herman contends that although the challenges are many, this is an opportunity OEMs today cannot afford to pass up.
Jim O'Reilly provides some interesting insight and suggestions for supply-chain managers seeking the ever elusive supply/demand balance in their inventory management.
Think the NSA's cyber snooping scandal is just a political concern? Think again. Jennifer Baljko considers the implications on the supply chain if this volatile issue causes a breakdown in international trade talks. Jennifer also takes the pulse of the mobile health market and finds the prognosis for growth to be tremendous. But, could this surging demand throw the component supply chain into disarray?
Moving from emerging technologies to emerging markets, EBN Editor in Chief Suzanne Deffree reports on recent research from Gartner Inc., which places responsibility for the success or failure in capturing the $30 trillion emerging markets opportunity squarely on the shoulders of today's supply chain leaders and their demand-planning capability.
Finally, I wrap up the issue with some thoughts on how a shift in the balance of power between shippers and carriers is putting customers in an unfamiliar position and what they can do to ensure their shipments are not left high and dry.